Fisherman completes Georgia Bass Slam by kayak
Georgia is home to 10 species of black bass. The two most common species, which most anglers are familiar with, are the bigmouth and spotted species. The other eight are Smallmouth, Bench, Suwannee, Redeye, Chattahoochee, Tallapoosa, Altamaha and the Bartram.
If you catch five out of 10 in a calendar year, you have become eligible to be recognized as having completed the DNR Georgia Bass Slam. In order to be officially recognized on the Georgia DNR website, you must submit photos. Each fish must be a legal length, or at least 8 inches if there is no minimum length.
Successful anglers are listed on the Georgia DNR website and are given stickers, decals, certificates, and passes to the Georgia Go Fish Education Center.
If you are looking for a change or for a challenge, I encourage you to try and catch different species of black bass. Until recently, I mainly targeted the big mouth. When I targeted and grabbed my first small mouth, I was ecstatic even though it was probably less than 12 inches tall.
I recently took a trip to Flint River with a buddy so we both could try to catch our first bass. You should have seen the smile on my face after grabbing my first shoalie. It probably weighed less than a pound, but with my smile you would have thought it was 10 pounds. big mouth.
Want additional bragging rights? There are only a few anglers who deserve credit for having caught the 10. I like to brag a bit. I recently did the Slam using only my kayak, which has no electronics or propulsion other than my paddle.
For more details on the Georgia Bass Slam and to view a list of all anglers who have reached it, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/fishing/angler-resources/GeorgiaBassSlam.